Wonderful Murakami Covers from All Over the World

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Today is the birthday of one of the world’s best-loved writers, Haruki Murakami, whose most recent novel, 1Q84 , has just been released in English to much acclaim (in case you, um, haven’t heard). The cover art gracing American editions of his books is some of the most colorful and iconic in contemporary book-cover design, and it’s no wonder — they’re (at least for all relatively recent editions) designed by two of our all-time favorites: the hardcovers by Chip Kidd, the complementary paperbacks by John Gall. And true to form, 1Q84 has gotten quite a lot of attention for its amazing design as well. But since our experience with Murakami is so connected with the visual experience of his novels and collections (there’s a certain scene we flash on every time we see that Chip Kidd bird eye, without fail), we wondered how the rest of the world might see him, so we’ve put together this collection of wonderful Murakami book covers from other parts of the world — some beautiful, some strange, some inexpressible. Click through to check them out, all arranged by book for comparative viewing, and let us know your favorites in the comments.

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

American editions (designed by Chip Kidd and John Gall, respectively)

Catalan edition

Turkish edition

Spanish edition

Israeli edition

German edition

French edition

Greek edition

UK edition

Chinese edition

Romanian edition

UK edition

Croatian edition

Slovakian edition

Kafka on the Shore

American editions (designed by Chip Kidd and John Gall, respectively)

Japanese edition

Israeli edition

UK special edition

Romanian edition

Vietnamese edition

Chinese edition

French edition

German edition

Finnish edition

After Dark

American editions (designed by Chip Kidd and John Gall, respectively)

Israeli edition

Portuguese edition

Spanish edition

Norwegian edition

French edition

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

American edition

Dutch edition

Bosnian edition

German edition

German edition

UK edition

Romanian edition

French edition

French edition

Dutch edition

Spanish edition

Vietnamese edition

Czech edition

Sputnik Sweetheart

American edition

Portuguese edition

Finnish edition

UK edition

Dutch edition

Romanian edition

UK edition

UK edition

French edition

South of the Border, West of the Sun

American editions (designed by Chip Kidd and John Gall, respectively)

Danish edition

UK edition

Polish edition

French edition

UK edition

Dance, Dance, Dance

American edition

Ukrainian edition

Lithuanian edition

Israeli edition

Russian edition

French edition

Dutch edition

Slovakian edition

French edition

A Wild Sheep Chase

American edition

Russian editions

Portuguese edition

French edition

UK edition

Romanian edition

French edition

Slovakian edition

Dutch edition

French edition

Norwegian Wood

American edition

UK edition

French edition

Romanian edition

UK edition

Chinese edition

Spanish edition

French edition

1Q84

American edition

UK edition

Dutch edition

Romanian edition

French edition

Ukrainian edition

Polish edition

Hebrew edition

Spanish edition

Korean edition

Japanese edition